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quirky flick Irish film about two cousins on release from Mountjoy Prison to be streamed as part of top festival

The genre of crime is always a fascination for audiences, especially if you’re not from that world," says producer and star Les Martin.

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Scene from new Irish crime film 'Be Good Or Be Gone'

Scene from new Irish crime film 'Be Good Or Be Gone'

Scene from new Irish crime film 'Be Good Or Be Gone'

An edgy new Irish gangster movie is poised to thrill audiences at home when it streams as part of a top festival next month.

Featuring two hapless career criminals - one who wants to go clean and another who dreams of working as a fashion designer - Be Good or Be Gone follows cousins Ste and Weed as they and a group of criminals go wild over four memorable days in Dublin.

Producer and star Les Martin has said that while he and his cast and crew would love a cinema run, they were thrilled at finally bringing the movie to Irish audiences.

“I think what makes it stand out a bit is the quirkiness of the characters and the things they do,” he said.

“We hope it leaves the audience with a smile or a smirk on their faces when we release our baby out into the world.”

The movie is the latest tale set around Dublin’s crime world following the huge success of Love/Hate.

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Jenny Lee Masterson in Be Good Or Be Gone

Jenny Lee Masterson in Be Good Or Be Gone

Jenny Lee Masterson in Be Good Or Be Gone

Irish audience hits in recent years include prison drama Michael Inside, Cardboard Gangsters and last year’s Broken Law, and all have gone on to find international audiences.

“In Ireland there’s been a resurgence in those sorts of crime dramas,” said Les.

“The genre of crime is always a fascination for audiences, especially if you’re not from that world.

"We’re just drawn to it - when I was a kid my favourite films were Scarface and The Godfather, there’s a fascination with crime and gangsters.”

Directed by Cathal Nally, the movie stars Les and Declan Mills as Lee and Weed, two cousins who get temporary release from Mountjoy.

Lee wants to keep a clean sheet for his girlfriend and daughter, while Weed wants to become the new John Galliano if only he can conquer his substance addiction.

They aim to stay out of trouble, but get drawn into an armed robbery that goes badly wrong.

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Be Good Or Be Gone

Be Good Or Be Gone

Be Good Or Be Gone

“It’s not Love/Hate even though it’s set in a working class environment. It’s about two Dublin cousins trying to make their lives better and trying to transcend their circumstances.

"They make a lot of bad choices along the way but he wants to be the best dad he can and best partner he can to his partner (Jenny-Lee Masterson) and his daughter.

"One of them has aspirations to being a fashion guru.”

The movie was eventually completed at the post-production stages through crowdfunding.

The film was all set for a festival run when Covid hit last spring. It won best international film at the Garden State Festival in New Jersey.

“We had our tickets booked and then the first lockdown happened.

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Be Good Or Be Gone

Be Good Or Be Gone

Be Good Or Be Gone

"I don’t know how they managed it but in the space of two weeks they managed to stream the whole festival online.

"They were able to share their knowledge with other festivals.

"Nearly every festival went online which is brilliant because people need a bit of entertainment when they’re stuck at home.

"We’re not the only ones, everyone has suffered in someway but hopefully things will change and we can have a run in the summer.”

Now Irish movie fans will have a chance to see the film when it premieres at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival from March 4th-14th.

Because DIFF is fully virtual this year, on www.diff.ie, people nationwide can book and watch dozens of new movies from Ireland and all over the world to view at home.

“It’s exciting, absolutely brilliant, to be entertaining people at home. It’s great to know great to know an Irish audience will have an opportunity to see the film. And just to get into DIFF is brilliant.”

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